It’s the eve of the Full Day at Nursery. We’ve done the taster sessions with success. The first stay-and-play felt like a trip to playgroup as I watched Little Lass discover the new surroundings, her eyes lit up when she spotted the water table and dressing up boxes. As I asked her key worker some … Continue reading First Day at Nursery
Dear Little Lass, I’m writing this message on the eve of your second birthday. We had a party at home for you at the weekend, have a family meal planned for tomorrow night and you’ll have a playcentre party with mini people at our local play area on Thursday. You’re a very lucky lass to … Continue reading Dear Little Lass: You’re turning Two!
Why are they always more poorly at night? For days, our happy 9 month old baby has been coughing, spluttering and screaming. Poor little love; she's got a runny nose and chesty cough, keeps tugging on her ear and crying. We've got stinging eyes and a dose of irritability syndrome (me & her dad that is). … Continue reading Poorly Baby: Teething or Testing Us?
You know you're a mum (or dad) when you begin to say sentences which you've never uttered before. The funny thing is that they make perfect sense to you. Usually, the random phrases are in response to your child's behaviour at any given moment. You use your calm, rational, authoritative voice. You mean business. You're … Continue reading New Mum: Random things I say to my baby!
I'm a Mum; I've joined The Club! I actually have a baby daughter and it feels weird and wonderful all at the same time. As it's Mother's Day weekend, I'm sure that Mini Lass (her Dad) is scanning the internet for a thoughtful gift as I write. I know that my 6 week old baby … Continue reading New Mum: The Fear, The Responsibility & The Love!
I appreciate my Mum's guidance, whether it is intentional or just a fluke. Knowing my Mum, she's probably just been winging parenthood for the last 30 odd years. Reflecting on Mother's Day, had me thinking about some of the things I have learned so far, albeit accidentally. Here goes... 1. The importance of accessorising... My … Continue reading 3 Things my Mum has taught me…
Inevitably, as a first time Mum-to-Be, I was becoming increasingly curious about labour. I wondered what our story would be. Specifically, how to know when it officially starts (apparently you just know. As it turns out, I did!), how long it'll last (how long is a piece of string?) and what to expect (anything!). In an … Continue reading Pregnancy: Lady in Labour!
When your due date passes by without incident, it can be frustrating. Your phone alerts you to a constant stream of "any signs yet?" messages and well meaning "happy due date" texts. Yeh, because this baby knows she is going to evicted this very day and should depart my uterus accordingly and in a timely … Continue reading Pregnancy: Uneventful Due Date
"Forewarned is forearmed as they say!" As first time parents, we were weighing up the pros and cons of attending Antenatal Class. We figured we'd learn something new so thought why not? Prior Expectations Friends of ours had told us stories about the lady leading the class who walks round leaning on furniture in mock labour moaning "ooo" and "ahhhh" at … Continue reading Pregnancy: Attending Antenatal Class
As people return to work after their New Year celebrations, I’m writing the next chapter of my life. Maternity Leave. When is the right time to finish work before having your baby? Like many pregnant working women today, I didn’t want to take too much time off before the birth, preferring to have longer with … Continue reading Maternity Leave: Countdown to Due Date